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19th October 2017
Gentleman George and Alborada

Gentleman George and Alborada

The grey filly Alborada won the Champion Stakes in 1998 at the Rowley Mile and in 1999 at the July Course. Owned by Kirsten Rausing, trained by Sir Mark Prescott at Heath House, the filly was ridden by experienced jockey George Duffield. With George's help we have been able to look back at the career of Alborada and those two memorable autumnal days at Newmarket. Whe…

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19th October 2017
The Halling and Bosra Sham Champion Stakes Story 1996

The Halling and Bosra Sham Champion Stakes Story 1996

The script was written, the stage was set. It was to be a glorious swan song, the final climactic act in a career spanning three years, four countries and almost 20 miles of racing. In 14 races since breaking his maiden in a handicap at Ripon in August 1994, Halling had tasted defeat only twice, both times on an unfavoured dirt surface. From an improbable success in t…

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12th October 2017
A home win in The Dewhurst Stakes

A home win in The Dewhurst Stakes

The Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket is regarded as the foremost two year old race of the British flat season.  First run in 1875, The Dewhurst roll call of future classic winners began with the Hungarian bred Kisber, who was trained by Joseph Hayhoe at Palace House Stables and went on to win the Derby the following year.  Since then, an array of equine superstars…

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7th October 2017
Sun Chariot by Sir Alfred Munnings

Sun Chariot by Sir Alfred Munnings

Sun Chariot by Sir Alfred Munnings This sketch by Sir Alfred Munnings shows Sun Chariot with Sir Gordon Richards and was probably produced in 1943. It is a study for a larger painting and indicative of the number of drawings Munnings produced to get to the final work. During World War Two horseracing  success was used to lift the spirits of a country which had been …

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4th October 2017
The story of the Royal heroine Sun Chariot

The story of the Royal heroine Sun Chariot

The story of the Royal heroine Sun Chariot Sun Chariot was bred by the National Stud which at the time was still in County Kildare, Ireland. She was by the 1933 Derby winner Hyperion, out of the unraced Clarence. The National Stud’s policy used to be to keep a selected few to later breed from and to lease them during their racing career. The lessees tended to be Lor…

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26th September 2017
The Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire handicap was first run at Newmarket in 1839 and alongside the Cesarewitch forms the first leg of the Autumn Double. Normally contested at the end of September the nine furlong handicap is open to horses of three years and older. Benjamin Herring (1830-71) painted 'The Start of the Cambridgeshire Stakes' in 1867 towards the end of his life as he die…

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26th September 2017
1867 Cambridgeshire Stakes (Handicap)

1867 Cambridgeshire Stakes (Handicap)

In 1867 The Cambridgeshire Handicap was at the time one of the major races of the season. The flat racing season begun that year on 19th February, and The Cambridgshire was always a race that attracted many classic colts and fillies. The 1867 race was no different and featured several of the classic generation, who lined up in a thirty three runner field at Newmar…

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15th September 2017
From rags to riches - the story of Hyperion

From rags to riches - the story of Hyperion

From rags to riches - this blog tells the story of Hyperion and what we have learned from his skeleton that is on display here at the Heritage Centre, on loan from the Animal Health Trust Within the Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred stands the skeleton of Hyperion, one of the most influential sires of the 20th century, with over seven hundred victories attributed t…

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8th September 2017
A Footballer's view of the Turf

A Footballer's view of the Turf

A Footballer’s view of the Turf with Glenn Roeder, the former International defender and Premier League Manager Glenn with Frank in the tack room Glenn Roeder visited the National Heritage Centre at the end of July fresh from a training session at his current club, Stevenage. A personal friend of the National Heritage Centre employee Frank Conlon, who works in the …

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25th August 2017
A Chelsea Cup Tie

A Chelsea Cup Tie

The English Premier League celebrated the start of its 25th anniversary season with an exciting seven goal thriller on August 11 when Arsenal defeated Leicester 4-3. However, the biggest shock came the next day when reigning champions Chelsea crashed to a surprising 3-2 defeat against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, the home of the Blues. Chelsea bounced back to form in w…

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